Two effective measures of economic status are weekly income and SEIFA data (socio-economic disadvantage index). Both have their limitations but together they provide a useful picture. It is quite clear the church catchment area is very wealthy compared to the rest of Australia. Even with in this area the members of the church are relatively more wealthy than those who are not members.
There is still considerable variation in the income profiles across the relevant suburbs, which is of great consideration to St Saviours.
Distribution of Weekly Income
The map below shows that within the community there are several pockets of very high economic need and this is where the church may look to provide additional support. Dark Red indicates a lower Socio-Economic Disadvantage score (low wealth generally) while Dark Green indicates the opposite.
Mapping SEIFA Socio Economic Disadvantage Index
Keeping track on local and recent unemployment rates is vital in keeping the pulse on the local community. Although rates in the church region are low, it is high in some suburbs and there have also been some sharp increases at times. This can represent social upheaval and can have significant impact on the community.
DSS data also provides a timely pulse on economic hardship which may exist in the community. There is a vast array of DSS data available (this is just a sample) but comparing rates and tracking trends can also be an immediate indicator of groups in the community experiencing hardship.
DSS Benefit Rates